ASUS has launched a new Chromebook with an Intel Tiger Lake processor. The new laptops are the ASUS Chromebook CX9 and Chromebook Flip CX5, which provide enough power for business users.
First, the Chromebook CX9 is a traditional clamshell laptop. It can be configured using up to Intel Core i7-1165G7. This also includes Intel Iris Xe graphics. This makes it a very powerful laptop, especially compared to most other Chromebooks. Available with up to 512GB SSD and 16GB RAM, this is definitely a premium product.
The display is a 14-inch panel that can display up to 4K resolution and has an aspect ratio of 16: 9. Full HD panels cover 100% of sRGB and 4K variants reach 95%. On the other hand, the brightness of the 4K panel is up to 550 knits instead of the 400 knits of the full HD model. In addition to USI active pen support, there is also optional touch support.
In terms of design, the ASUS Chromebook CX9 uses CNC machined aluminum, is only 16mm thin and weighs 2.31 pounds. It meets the MIL-STD-810H rating for durability and has been tested for drops, impacts, panel pressures, etc. ASUS also touts 14 hours of battery life on the Chromebook CX9.
As for the ASUS Chromebook Flip CX5, most are convertible versions of the CX9. It comes with a maximum of Intel Core i7-1160G7, but this is slightly less powerful than the one offered in the clamshell version. Otherwise, you have up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage. The display is full HD and there is no 4K option, but now it’s convertible, so it already includes touch support and can be used as a tablet.
The Chromebook Flip CX5 is also made of aluminum, but it’s as heavy as 3.1 pounds. But that tends to be the case with convertibles. Both the Chromebook CX9 and Flip CX5 come with two Thunderbolt 4 ports, as well as a USB Type-A (two ports on the CX9), a microSD card reader, and a combo audio jack.
ASUS Chromebook CX9 starts at $ 749.99 with Intel Core i3-1115G4, 128GB SSD, and 8GB of RAM. Models with Core i7-1165G7, 512GB SSD storage, 16GB RAM, and touch support are also available in the ASUS online store for $ 1,149.99. ASUS Chromebook Flip CX5 doesn’t seem to be available yet. ASUS says it will cost $ 1,049, but it’s unclear which configuration it applies to.